Larry Elder

The Wall Street Journal's opinion page was not murky: "These assertions border on nonsense. National spending on health care is projected to reach a record $2.9 trillion in 2013, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is more than 25 percent above pre-recession spending levels in 2007. Health care expenditures per capita and as a percentage of GDP are also at record highs, expected to top out this year at $9,216 and 18 percent respectively. ...

"Annual health spending growth rates began to decline a decade ago. In 2002, health care spending grew by nearly 10 percent in a single year. The growth rate dropped to 7.1 percent in 2004, 6.2 percent in 2007 and bottomed out at 3.9 percent in 2009 -- the worst year of the Great Recession, where it has stayed ever since. Obamacare was enacted in 2010."

Another Obamacare editorial page opponent, Investors Business Daily, said: "Yes, the rate of growth in national health spending has slowed in recent years. ... But these have nothing to do with Obamacare. The latest report from the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- the official scorekeeper of health spending -- says the spending growth slowdown is 'unrelated to the (Affordable Care Act).'

"It also reports that Obamacare will add to national spending over the next decade. Other reports have pinned much of the slowdown on the recession and Obama's lousy recovery that followed it. Plus, Obamacare is now pushing premiums up.

"As Charles Blahous, a former trustee for Social Security and Medicare, puts it, Obama's latest cost-cutting claims 'are just as groundless as the ones that misled so many Americans to believe they would be able to keep their previous coverage.'"

It is still the economy, stupid. And this is a pathetic recovery. After the tax hikes, the largest ever "stimulus," imposition of massive new financial and environmental regulations -- and now Obamacare -- Obamanomics produced the worst recovery in 80 years, still 2 million jobs short of our peak, while millions more have completely given up looking for work.

Obamacare is less popular than ever. More ominously for Democrats, a recent Gallup poll finds that Obamacare's unpopularity has caused many Americans to re-think whether "health care coverage" is "the responsibility of the federal government." In 2006, just seven years ago, 69 percent said it was the responsibility of the federal government. Now, that number has shrunk to 42 percent, with 56 percent saying health care coverage is not a responsibility of the federal government.

How knows? Maybe millions are finally waking up.

Larry Elder

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